Reading Godot

November 5, 2013|
Reading Godot by Lois Gordon
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Waiting for Godot has been acclaimed as the greatest play of the twentieth century. It is also the most elusive: two lifelong friends sing, dance, laugh, weep, and question their fate on a road that descends from and goes nowhere. Throughout, they repeat their intention "Let''s go," but this is inevitably followed by the direction "(They do not move.)." This is Beckett''s poetic construct of the human condition.

Lois Gordon, author of The World of Samuel Beckett, has written a fascinating and illuminating introduction to Beckett''s great work for general readers, students, and specialists. Critically sophisticated and historically informed, it approaches the play scene by scene, exploring the text linguistically, philosophically, critically, and biographically. Gordon argues that the play portrays more than the rational mind''s search for self and worldly definition. It also dramatizes Beckett''s insights into human nature, into the emotional life that frequently invades rationality and liberates, victimizes, or paralyzes the individual. Gordon shows that Beckett portrays humanity in conflict with mysterious forces both within and outside the self, that he is an artist of the psychic distress born of relativism.
Lois Gordon, professor of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University, is also the author of The World of Samuel Beckett and the coauthor of American Chronicle, both published by Yale University Press.
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Title:Reading Godot
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Published:November 5, 2013
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300206418

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